Given from the Catholic Broadcasting Station 2SM Sydney Australia
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I intend that organized religious society of all Catholics throughout the world under the Pope as their one visible head on earth.
Originally in Greek the word "ecclesia" meant anassembly of people brought together by a public crier. In BiblicalGreek it has many meanings, one of them being that which I usuallyintend. Thus, in the Old Testament, the Greek word"ecclesia" is used, not to designate a mere assembly, butthe whole theocratic society of the Jews as the chosen nation ofGod. In the New Testament, the word is used also in this same senseof a united and organized body, but transferred to the followers ofChrist. It is in this sense that Jesus said, "I will build myChurch." Matt. XVI., 18.
That would be quite a correct use of the word. St. Paul uses the word in several senses, knowing that sensible people will be preserved from ambiguity by the context. Sometimes he uses the word to signify a Christian household, as in Col. IV., 15. At other times he uses it to signify all the Christians in a given city, as when he speaks of "the Church which is at Corinth." ICor., 1, 2. Again he uses the word of the whole body of Christians in general as opposed to non-Christians. Thus he writes, "Be without offense to the Jews, and to the Gentiles, and to the Church of God." I Cor. X., 32. Finally he uses the word to signify the Church as a teaching authority in its divinely appointed officials. Thus he speaks of the "Church of the Living God" as "the pillar and ground of truth." I. Tim.III., 15.